• (America) IPA: /ˈmɪdəl/, [ˈmɪ.ɾɫ̩]
  • (British) IPA: /ˈmɪdəl/, [ˈmɪ.dəɫ], [ˈmɪ.dʊ]
  • (AU) IPA: /ˈmɪdəl/, [ˈmɪ̝.dəɫ], [ˈmɪ̝.dʊ], [ˈmɪ̝.ɾ-]
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /ˈmɘdɘl/, [ˈmə.dɯ(ɫ)], [ˈmə.ɾ-]

middle (plural middles)

  1. A centre, midpoint.
    The middle of a circle is the point which has the same distance to every point of circle.
  2. The part between the beginning and the end.
    I woke up in the middle of the night.
    In the middle of the marathon, David collapsed from fatigue.
  3. (cricket) The middle stump.
  4. The central part of a human body; the waist.
    • Fasting In A Fast World
      If I have a diet plan and stick to it, it is easy for me to have control over my middle.
  5. (grammar) The middle voice.
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middle (not comparable)

  1. Located in the middle; in between.
    the middle point
    middle name, Middle English, Middle Ages
  2. Central.
  3. (grammar) Pertaining to the middle voice.
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middle (middles, present participle middling; past and past participle middled)

  1. (obsolete) To take a middle view of. [17th–18th c.]
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 27:
      And now, to middle the matter between both, it is pity, that the man they favour has not that sort of merit which a person of a mind so delicate as that of Miss Harlowe might reasonably expect in a husband.
  2. (obsolete, nautical, transitive) To double (a rope) into two equal portions; to fold in the middle. [19th c.]

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